The "Uncle Sam" art car run by the Nevada Police a

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Is the Uncle Sam car a figment of my imagination?

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The "Uncle Sam" art car run by the Nevada Police a

Postby thesoundd » Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:18 pm

I know that this question is a little late, and forgive me if it has already been discussed (I'm new here!).

At the 2010 festival, our camp heard several rumors of an art car themed as Uncle Sam and organized by the Nevada Police. Apparently they would allow unsuspecting burners to get onto their car and watch for illegal activity. They would then retain all "criminals" and drive them directly to a local jail.

I didn't see it in the news, so I was wondering if this actually happened or if we were gullible to a bit of prank gossip. Thoughts? Thanks!

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Postby Elderberry » Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:47 pm

Yup, I took a ride on it and actually shared a joint with the guy that was driving. Good thing I didn't know he was a cop else I might have got arrested.

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Postby Liz Estrada » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:41 pm

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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:28 pm

Sounds like playa rumor to me.
Which isn't to say that it couldn't happen in outline (driving people off to reno or the nearest lock up in the art car seems really off). There is certainly police presence on playa. There does seem to be consistent attempts at catching people--showing up at camp offering drugs or asking for them out of nowhere, for instance. Mostly people get arrested for stupidity above and beyond the call of duty, afaict. But the playa is also a place of story telling and rumor and a lot of what sounds plausible at 3 am when you've been drinking and dancing for hours, sounds pretty silly at home. (Real home, not the festival.)
No one's mentioned this so far on this board that I've read.
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Postby gaminwench » Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:25 pm

pssst... Daft Punk is playing at 9 & D at 4:00!... or was that 4 & D at 9:00???

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Postby gyre » Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:39 am

I haven't heard of this one, but there have been police art cars on the playa.

I have made some suggestions for dealing with them, when found.

Typically they are barely decorated or completely plain.
Look for a dmv tag and note the number.
If there is no tag, draw your own conclusions.

They have tried to sell rides for drugs, but waiting for someone to use something isn't unknown or asking to share something.

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Postby thesoundd » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:47 am

Cool...thanks for the info

[quote="jkisha"]Yup, I took a ride on it and actually shared a joint with the guy that was driving. Good thing I didn't know he was a cop else I might have got arrested.

JK[/quote]

^ What do you mean?

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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:23 pm

thesoundd wrote:Cool...thanks for the info

jkisha wrote:Yup, I took a ride on it and actually shared a joint with the guy that was driving. Good thing I didn't know he was a cop else I might have got arrested.

JK


^ What do you mean?

I think he is telling, what you call, "a choke."
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Postby gyre » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:48 pm

He did say JK.

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Postby thesoundd » Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:08 pm

His name is also JK. Someone stop this crazy machine!

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Postby Bob » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:32 pm

Thesoundd, Simon.

Simon, Thesoundd.

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Postby Stickygreen » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:05 pm

I also herd this same rumor at the festival, so I set out to look into it, I didn't actually go for a ride on the thing, but the guys on it were middle age men, with "party dude" type clothes, and they were having a conversation win a couple of police officers. My conclusion was that it was true.

Also to add to my conclusion, my GF took her ranger training, she was told that the police did have an art car or two on playa for 2010.
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Postby stinkfoot » Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:20 pm

There was a school bus near us that was rumored to be a cop art car--the 'sch' was covered and it said 'cool bus' on the front...it had no other 'art car' accoutrements that we could see and we never found out if it was true...
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Postby gyre » Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:32 pm

Was it parked or in use?

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Postby chris2010 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:51 pm

I saw a Giant Flaming Penis getting pulled over by the two police cars on the Playa in 2010... no I was not drinking, and I have photos to prove it :lol: ... Not sure what it was doing to get pulled over... If anyone remembers this please let me know.

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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:09 pm

I know exactly what happened. WEll, I wasn't there, but the driver/owner of that mv is a member of this board. I'll let him decide what details he wants to open to the general public.
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Postby chris2010 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:16 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:I know exactly what happened. WEll, I wasn't there, but the driver/owner of that mv is a member of this board. I'll let him decide what details he wants to open to the general public.


I'm curious now...
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Postby geospyder » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:32 pm

I'll keep an eye out for a response.
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Postby Major Krash » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:40 pm

...and there should be a conclusion in the next month or two, unless I am mistaken. Stay tuned, it should prove entertaining!

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Postby chris2010 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:00 pm

Major Krash wrote:...and there should be a conclusion in the next month or two, unless I am mistaken. Stay tuned, it should prove entertaining!


now I got to know!!! :lol: I should have stayed around to see what happened...
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Postby EspressoDude » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:00 pm

Actually would be helpful to those involved if there were photos of a time frame immediately before the lights and sirens started....the previous penis flame..
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Postby chris2010 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:24 pm

EspressoDude wrote:Actually would be helpful to those involved if there were photos of a time frame immediately before the lights and sirens started....the previous penis flame..


I don't know who was involved, but the Date Stamp on my camera said:
09/05/2010 @ 10:24pm
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Postby Isotopia » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:00 pm

Cops pulling over the art car with a four foot long flaming penis?

One word comes to mind: envy

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Postby oneeyeddick » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:31 pm

Yes, that is mine.

It scared the fuck out of the cops (said he jumped out the seat and could feel the hot wind on his face and made the hair stand up on his neck), and I got a Driving with Negligence ticket for doing that to him.
(5 points on your record + $500)
It happened after the Temple burn on Sunday

I am fighting it, and court is in 6 weeks.

Chris 2010, if you have some previous pics of it going off behind the cop cars it could prove invaluable in court.

PM me please, as I would love to have the full resolution of those pics that you do have regardless, if you don't mind.

(thanks espresso dude for the heads-up)
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Postby chris2010 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:40 pm

oneeyeddick wrote:Yes, that is mine.

It scared the fuck out of the cops (said he jumped out the seat and could feel the hot wind on his face and made the hair stand up on his neck), and I got a Driving with Negligence ticket for doing that to him.
(5 points on your record + $500)
It happened after the Temple burn on Sunday

I am fighting it, and court is in 6 weeks.

Chris 2010, if you have some previous pics of it going off behind the cop cars it could prove invaluable in court.

PM me please, as I would love to have the full resolution of those pics that you do have regardless, if you don't mind.

(thanks espresso dude for the heads-up)


Seriously? He gave you a Ticket for scaring him??? Did he not know where he was at???

I will PM you in a few minutes... I have to get my hard drive with my Pics on it. I have three pics total... I will look through my videos too since I was shooting video that night as well. I will try and help anyway I can.

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Postby oneeyeddick » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:45 pm

thanks!
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Postby chris2010 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:18 pm

After going through all my photos for oneeyeddick I came across a few photos that I had forgotten about. We were camped at 6:45 & Kyoto on Sept 3 we were visited by 3 guys (pictured below) who appeared in a camper (also pictured below, on the left side) they wanted to know if we wanted any drugs, we kindly said 'no' and a day later they left. I was wondering if anyone else came across these three guys. We kind of think they were undercover police. It was just kind of strange how they acted and how quickly they disappeared.


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Postby graidawg » Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:33 am

ok maybe i am a bit thick (being english and all) but its ille4gal to buy drugs if offered? or accept them if given?
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Postby lucky420 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:05 am

yes it's illegal and this is how the undercover cops operate.
it's called entrapment by those who get busted.
and called stupid by people who keep their shit on the down low and don't offer, trade, sell drugs at BRC and do their stuff out of sight...just be smart people

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Postby lucky420 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:08 am

chris2010, they kind of look like some of guys from the naval base out here in N. Nevada maybe they left because there were no/not enough hot chicks around. They look awfully clean


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